Bridal party entrance during cocktail hour?

posted 4 months ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

You can do whatever you want it is your wedding. And to me that sounds awesome. Why not enjoy your cocktail hour as well. And you get to mingle with your guest also. I would say go for it.

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

Of course it is.  We just joined our cocktail hour after photos and started mingling. Our venue did advise us to do an entrance for dinner and our coordinator was great, he got us a drink and led us to a quieter spot to have some alone time while everyone was seated then we entered the reception room once everyone was seated.  We didn’t want to make a big deal either so we didn’t pick a song or anything, but i’m glad we entered after everyone was seated, it felt special to see everyone at once. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I have never actually been to a wedding where the bridal party was announced at the reception. Sometimes just the bride and groom, but sometimes not. Most of the time both the bride and groom and wedding party just join the cocktail hour without any special announcement. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

bluejaybride :  we totally just walked in the door. I find it highly preferable over the fanfare that entrances often get. IMO, I already know who the couple is and probably already ‘cheered’ them exiting the ceremony. And frankly I don’t care who is in the bridal party, so the special announcement doesn’t interest me. Just come in and get a drink when you’re ready. If that actually upsets anyone, it’s not your problem. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

We just joined our guests at cocktail hour, no announcements. We just had to take a couple family pictures with my Grandmother, our bridal party just went straight to cocktail hour. I think announcing at cocktail hour would be weird. We did do an announcment at the beginning of the reception but you could definitely skip that if you wanted to.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We just casually joined our cocktail hour. Our wedding party was done with pictures before the ceremony so they went straight to the cocktail hour with everyone else.

We were announced right before dinner, but you could always skip it if you want.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

You can absolutely do this- I’ve seen brides and grooms join their cocktail hour and then be announced anyway once everyone gets inside for the reception (but you wouldn’t have to!). We probably would’ve done the same if our venue didn’t have a separate room set up for us during cocktail hour with a selection of apps and drinks for both of us- we got 20 whole minutes just to be by ourselves! It was glorious. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

We also just joined our cocktail party and mingled. No announcement. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

We did pictures before the ceremony for the sole reason of having the bridal party and ourselves enjoy cocktail hour.  We got to mingle with our guests, the bridal party got to meet up with their SOs and everyone had a great time.  When the guests were being ushered into the ballroom to be seated for dinner, the bridal party and ourselves made our way to the bridal suite (where drinks and more food was waiting) for maybe 15 minutes until we were introduced as we entered the ballroom.  Most weddings I have been to as of late had the same basic itinerary, with the bridal party, and bride and groom going the guests for cocktail hour

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

I’ve actually never been to a wedding where the wedding party was announced, they just mingled back in after the photos were done. 

The MC often introduces the wedding party and their relationship to the bride and groom during the speeches, usually with some kind of funny annecdote. Not sure if that’s kind of the same thing? 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

bluejaybride :  If you can swing it, absolutely do!! That was the main thing that clinched this venue for my husband. He kept saying it was the thing he was looking forward to most about the wedding. We didn’t do a first look so it really helped to have that moment that was just for us! 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

We didn’t make it to cocktail hour, but just went down to dinner after the pictures. No annoucement. People spontaneously clapped, so that was fun.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

bluejaybride :  I have this plan as well and I do not think I’ll have an announcement, we will just walk in 😂 

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